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Stevi fire chief will not run for council

By Michael Howell Only two people applied to fill the seat on the Stevensville Town Council being vacated by Ward 2 Councilman Clay Freeman and one of them has withdrawn his application. Freeman, who is moving out of town, changed his resignation date to be effective December 12, the day he is moving out. He…

Hamilton choir students perform at Carnegie Hall

By Daphne Jackson   Hamilton High School sent 61 choir students on a trip to New York City to perform in a benefit concert at Carnegie Hall last week. Choir Director Peggy Bucheit said celebrity Kate Winslet hosts the concert to benefit autism research and people living with autism, and first asked the Hamilton choir…

FS approves Roaring Lion Fire salvage project

The Bitterroot National Forest has announced that it is moving forward on a proposal to harvest 45 acres of fire-killed trees within the Roaring Lion drainage southwest of Hamilton.  The trees were burned in the Roaring Lion Fire which started on July 31st and burned close to 8,700 acres of National Forest System (NFS) and…

Bitterroot Art Guild celebrates 46 years

By Jean Schurman   The Bitterroot Art Guild will have their annual Christmas Show this Friday and Saturday at the 1st Interstate Building at the Ravalli County Fairgrounds. The event is free although they encourage everyone to make a donation to of non-perishable food for the Darby Bread Box. The hours are 10am to 5pm…

Advanced Imaging opens in Stevensville

By Liz Cook Advanced Imaging is now open in Stevensville at the Stevi Junction Plaza, just north of the Ole’s gas station/convenience store. The facility is offering tomosynthesis or 3D imaging, the newest state of the art technology in mammography. According to Diagnostic Radiologist Dr. Michael Stewart, “this technology allows for a deeper image of…

Bear Mountain Playground gets finishing touches

A Trapper Peak Job Corps masonry crew was busy in Stevensville last week working on one of the last projects for the Bear Mountain Playground. Alan Brown, a Union Cement Mason Instructor, has been leading a crew of seven young men from the TPJC Masonry program at Lewis and Clark Park in framing up the…

Groundbreaking held for next Habitat home

By Michael Howell Last week community members gathered at 511 6th Street in Hamilton to break ground on the latest home being built by Habitat for Humanity Ravalli County. Jennifer Larson and her two children, Aksel and Emma Mitchell, were chosen by the non-profit organization to be the owners of the new home. Executive Director…

Valley’s Community Band brings together music lovers of all ages and abilities

By Daphne Jackson For many amateur musicians in small towns, it can be difficult to find opportunities to continue making music after graduating from a school band. For musicians in the Bitterroot Valley, the Bitterroot Community Band provides a chance to keep going.
Jeremy Ruff, who has been the director of the Bitterroot Community Band for…

Recycling program recognizes volunteers at annual event

Ravalli County Recycling (RCR) held its annual volunteer appreciation dinner recently, celebrating five plus years in operation and honoring members who have been instrumental in the success of Ravalli County Recycling’s efforts. Through donations from key businesses in the community these volunteers were awarded generous gifts for their loyal service. RCR’s volunteer crew is made…

Cooperative poultry processing plant now open in Hamilton

Montana Farmers Union has announced that a partnership with the Montana Poultry Growers Co-op has resulted in a co-op run poultry processing facility near Hamilton at Homestead Organics Farm. Last week the co-op owned facility received the official license to operate from the Montana Department of Livestock. Bureau Chief Gary Hamel presented the license to…